One Bike Does It All – Versys 1000

The Kawasaki Versys 1000 is the 4 cylinder big brother to the very popular Kawasaki Versys 650 Parralel Twin.

To maximise the  fun factor of the Kawasaki Versys 1000, engineers provided the most exciting engine possible. Delivering more than just performance figures. The 1,043 cc In-line Four used in the superb Kawasaki Z1000 and Z1000SX ranges, tuned for flexibility. Superb throttle response and strong torque at all rpm (especially in the low-mid range).

The seductive intake howl ensures that every twist of the throttle is as exciting and infectious as the last.

All Versys 1000 modelsl have 3-Mode KTRC (Kawasaki Traction Control) this system covers a wide range of riding conditions, offering sports riding performance in dry conditions or the peace of mind to negotiate slippery surfaces in wet cold weather with confidence.

Full or Low Power modes allow the rider to set power delivery to suit all conditions. Low Power mode limits output to approximately 75% of Full Power and uses a milder throttle response.

Long-travel suspension enables riders to take on corners with ease and confidence. While not designed for off-road use, the long-travel suspension’s ability to cope with less-than-perfect surfaces allows the Versys 1000 to remain composed where bikes with stiffer, sportier set-ups would require backing off the throttle.

Lightweight 17” wheels selected for their road sports potential offer increased cornering performance and increased high-speed stability.

The clean mounting system for the genuine panniers allows them to be fitted and removed very simply with a one key system. These along with many other accessories are available for the Kawasaki Versys 1000.

The Kawasaki Versys 1000 has been made to top the big adventure bike sector with traditional Kawasaki build quality. 

Alternatively take a look at the Kawasaki Versys 1000 Tourer or Grand Tourer versions that come with many extras as standard.

So if you are looking for a bike that does it all then look no further; the Kawasaki Versys 1000 is here!!!

Sharp, Sporty Styling

Completely revised styling package blends style, wind protection, aerodynamics and airflow management. The new twin headlamp design contributes to strong Kawasaki looks, while reflecting the Versys 1000’s abundant potential for fun, sporty riding.

Thickly Padded Seat

Deep cushioning and tailor-designed seat material offer superb comfort for long-distance riding

Centre Stand

Standard centre stand facilitates maintenance chores.

Triple Petal Disc Brakes with Latest-spec ABS

Larger front discs are complemented by new pad material designed to deliver stronger initial bite. ABS – standard on all models – offers additional reassurance when braking on low-grip or uneven surfaces

Aluminium Twin-Tube Frame

The frame’s light weight and high rigidity contribute to sharp, firm handling. New rubber upper engine mounts contribute to reduced vibration and greater handling and stability.
Lightweight and highly rigid, the frame uses the engine as a stressed member. It contributes to handling, offering a firm, planted feeling, good stability and light, nimble turning. 

Upright Riding Position and Wide Handlebar

Spacious, upright riding position enables easy machine control while contributing to rider comfort, wide handlebar offers easy control, especially for low-speed manoeuvring. Positioned to offer a natural grip, it allows the rider’s elbows to be slightly bent when sitting in a relaxed, upright stance.

Assist & Slipper Clutch

Race-inspired clutch technology offers both a back-torque limiting function as well as a much lighter feel at the lever. Assist & Slipper Clutch was developed based on feedback from racing activities. The clutch uses two types of cams (an assist cam and a slipper cam), offering two new functions not available on the standard clutch of the previous model. 

Adjustable Windscreen

Windscreen has a larger 75 mm range, adjustable without tools.

1,043 cm3 Liquid-Cooled, 4-Stroke In-line Four

To maximise the Versys 1000’s fun factor, engineers wanted to provide the most exciting engine possible. The engine needed to deliver more than just performance figures. The engine they chose was a 1,043 cm3 In-line Four, tuned for flexibility. Superb throttle response, strong torque at all rpm (especially in the low-mid range), and a seductive intake howl ensure that every twist of the throttle delivers a physical and aural sensation that riders may easily find addictive.

Large-Volume Fuel Tank

With engine and transmission settings, range (calculated) on one tank could be 400 km.21 litre capacity enables long range between fill-ups (Range would vary depending on riding speed and conditions).


Tough-design multi-function instrumentation includes an analogue style tachometer and LCD with speedometer, fuel gauge, odometer, clock, dual trip meters, current and average fuel consumption, remaining range, and external air temperature. Large analogue-style tachometer is complemented by a multi-function LCD screen controlled by a convenient handle switch. Revised meter face adds to sporty looks.


Sudden over-application of the brakes, or braking on low-grip surfaces (surfaces with a low coefficient of friction) such as wet asphalt or manhole covers may cause a motorcycle's wheel(s) to lock up and slip. ABS was developed to prevent such incidents. Kawasaki ABS systems are controlled by high precision and highly reliable programming formulated based on thorough testing of numerous riding situations. By ensuring stable braking performance, they offer rider reassurance that contributes to greater riding enjoyment.

And to meet the special requirements of certain riders, specialised ABS systems are also available. For example, KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System) is a high-precision brake system designed specifically for supersport models, enabling sport riding to be enjoyed by a wider range of riders. And by linking the front and rear brakes, K-ACT (Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology) ABS provides the confidence to enjoy touring on heavyweight models. Kawasaki is continually working on the development of other advanced ABS systems. 




Instruments LCD display
Warranty 2 years unlimited mileage
Service Interval 3750 miles/12 months
Valve Clearance 26250 miles


Frame Twin-tube, aluminium
Wheelbase 1,520 mm
Rake 27˚
Trail 106 mm
Front Suspension ø43 mm inverted fork with rebound damping (right-side) and spring preload adjustability
Front Wheel 17"
Front Wheel Travel 150 mm
Front Brake Dual semi-floating ø310 mm petal discs; Caliper: Dual opposed 4-piston
Front Tyre 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Rear Suspension Horizontal Back-link, gas-charged, with rebound damping and remote spring preload adjustability
Rear Wheel 17"
Rear Wheel Travel 150 mm
Rear Brake Single ø250 mm petal disc; Caliper: Single-piston
Rear Tyre 180/55ZR17M/C (73W)
Fuel Capacity 21 litres
Dry Weight
Wet Weight 250 kg
Seat Height 840 mm
Max Height 1,465 mm
Max Length 2,240 mm


Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement 1,043
Bore And Stroke 77.0 x 56.0 mm
Compression Ratio 10.3:1
Power 88.2 kW {120 PS} / 9,000 min
Torque 102.0 N.m {10.4 kgf.m} / 7,500 min
Fuel Delivery ø38 mm x 4 with oval sub-throttles
Exhaust 4-1
Emissions Euro 3
Gearbox 6-speed, return
Ratio 1=(35/13) 2=(39/20) 3=(39/20) 4=(30/23) 5=(25/22) 6=(23/24)
Primary Drive 1.627 (83/51)
Final Drive Chain
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual

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